FIRES started at a local beauty spot could get out of hand and destroy swathes of woodland, a volunteer has warned.
Elmdon Manor Nature Reserve has been targeted by vandals - who have sprayed graffiti on an 18th century wall, dumped rubbish and started fires in the trees.
With the six-week holiday beginning next week, volunteers and police officers are urging members of the public to report suspicious behaviour. As an added deterrent, police are being invited to exercise their dogs on the historic reserve - a stone’s throw from the Land Rover factory.
Rod Franks, the warden for the past 15 years, warned that a fire could devastate the 12 acre site.
“The last thing we want to do is put people off coming here because of a fear of anti-social behaviour, this is a beautiful site,” he said. It angers me that people want to spoil something that gives other people so much pleasure.”
Other problems include youths riding off-road bikes through Elmdon Park and lead being stolen from nearby St Nicholas Church.
Sgt Carol Alldred, from the Elmdon and Lyndon neighbourhood team, said that police were hoping to crack down on the problems. “The message really is that this is somewhere for people to enjoy - it’s not a place to come and start fires.”
If you know anything about the problems in Elmdon Manor Nature Reserve, call police on 0345 113 5000.